Thursday, November 02, 2000

Local Digest

Park rangers investigating shooting

        SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Hamilton County Park District rangers are investigating a Wednesday shooting on recently acquired park property.

        Investigators say Donald Johnson, 22, of Springfield Township accepted a ride from three men in a blue Honda. A few blocks from where he was picked up, the car pulled onto a gravel road construction entrance behind the Kroger store at Sheffield Road and Ohio 4.

        Officials say Mr. Johnson was forced from the car and shot. He was taken by helicopter to University Hospital, where he was in stable condition late Wednesday.

        The suspects are at large.

FBI agents, police
arrest Elsmere man

               FORT THOMAS — FBI agents on Wednesday arrested an Elsmere man accused of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and attempted bank robbery.

        Charles Leroy Woods, 55, was arrested in the 700 block of South Grand Avenue in Fort Thomas by FBI agents and Fort Thomas police officers.

        During a search of the residence agents found a device that appeared to be an explosive, but the Cincinnati bomb squad determined it was a fake bomb. A second search also was conducted at Mr. Woods' home on Park Avenue in Elsmere. Details of the search were not available.

        A federal warrant was outstanding against Mr. Woods for violating federal parole.

        He is being held in the Campbell County Jail and will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Greg Wehrman at 1:30 p.m. today in Covington.

Driver ejected from
car in chase dies

               Derrick Thomas, 19, of Westwood, ejected from his car Tuesday after a short car chase with police, died shortly after he was taken to University Hospital.

        The Cincinnati Police Division's traffic unit is investigating the crash that occurred in the 3400 block of McHenry Avenue, Westwood, near the intersection of Brokaw Avenue.

        Officials say Officer Sandra Parrish stopped a 1996 Chevy Camaro that had expired temporary plates. As she approached the car on foot, the driver sped away on Baltimore Avenue.

        Officer Parrish pursued the car in her cruiser as the driver continued northbound on Baltimore Avenue and then westbound on McHenry. The driver eventually hit a utility pole off the right side of McHenry.

        Spencer Hill, 43, of Fairmount, was a passenger in the car and was also ejected. He was sent to University Hospital, where he was treated and released. Mr. Hill was Mr. Thomas' uncle.

Avondale woman hurt
in car crash dies

               A 28-year-old Avondale woman critically injured Sunday in a two-car crash on Harvey Avenue in Avondale died Tuesday at University Hospital.

        Kathleen M. Okeefe, who was admitted to the hospital in critical condition, died Tuesday morning, a nursing supervisor said. Ms. Okeefe was injured about 2:35 p.m. Sunday when her car collided with a northbound car as she was leaving a driveway in the 3200 block of Harvey, police said.

        The driver of the northbound car, Doris Martin-Washington, 43, of Walnut Hills, was not injured.

$5,000 donation
to buy police dog

               Bigg's and Milk-Bone will present a check for $5,000 to the Cincinnati Police Division to buy a police dog at a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.

        Lt. Col. Ronald Twitty will accept the donation from Milk-Bone customer development manager Nick Hulsing and Bigg's managers Marvin Lyons and Randy Miller at the Bigg's Skytop store on Beechmont Avenue, Anderson Township.

        Students from Mercer Elementary will be on hand for the announcement of the winners in their contest to name the dog. Each student drew a picture of a police dog and suggested a name. Officers from the canine squad selected the winning name from the entries. Prizes will be awarded at the announcement.

        Capt. Phyllis Caskey and Lt. Joseph Williams of the special services section will accept a year's supply of Milk-Bone products for the police division's canines.

Hearing to introduce
food licensing system

               A public hearing will be held in Cincinnati to introduce a statewide system designed to simplify licensing rules for hundreds of retail food businesses.

        Effective in March, the Cincinnati Health Department will be required to follow a unified code for licensing and inspecting food service operations and retail food establishments. Gov. Bob Taft signed the bill creating the system in August.

        City officials predict the five-level system — based on the level of risky food handling performed by a business — will result in about 500 fewer licenses being required citywide.

        A hearing to explain details will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Cincinnati Health Department headquarters, 3101 Burnet Ave. For information, call the city health department at 564-1770 or visit the Web site for the state Retail Food Safety Advisory Council: FoodSafetyDiv.html.

Applications for
ACT test due Friday

               Applications for the Dec. 9 ACT Assessment test must be received by Friday. College-bound students may register online at or see their counselors for mailing instructions.

        Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than Friday.

        Students may register online or by mail through Nov. 16, but will be charged a $15 late fee.

Condition upgraded
for boy hurt in prank

               NEWARK, Ohio — A 13- year-old who may have been hanging by his neck for as long as 15 minutes in a Halloween prank gone wrong was upgraded to poor condition Wednesday at Children's Hospital in Columbus.

        A nursing supervisor at the hospital said the family of Michael Markley asked that no other information about the boy be released. He had been in critical condition.

        Police said Michael and his friend, Rusty Kerns, set up a hangman's skit Monday evening to scare trick-or-treaters visiting the apartments where Rusty lives.

        Michael, a seventh-grader, stood on a plastic laundry basket to reach the rope noose. Apparently either Michael slipped or the basket collapsed.

Suit says off-track
betting parlor illegal

               COLUMBUS — A group has filed a lawsuit accusing the Ohio State Racing Commission of improperly approving an off-track betting parlor in a mall.

        Hope for the Valley, a group of religious leaders, has filed a complaint in Franklin County Common Pleas Court that claims the commission violated state law by approving the off-track betting parlor in Eastwood Mall in Niles.

        State law says the commission can't approve the track if it is within 50 miles of another facility unless that track consents in writing. Thistledown, which is 44 miles from Eastwood Mall, said it would make a decision about consent by Monday.


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